USA! USA! USA! Not only did Olympic swimmer Ryan Murphy win the gold in the 100M men’s backstroke competition, but he also set an Olympic record while doing it! We have all the details on his incredible Aug. 8 win, right here.
What an amazing moment! Olympic swimmer Ryan Murphy made America proud on Aug. 8 when he won us the gold metal for the 100 meter men’s backstroke. That’s a feat that should already bring pride to any competing athlete, but Ryan has yet another reason to brag after the competition: he broke an Olympic record!
That’s right. The incredible athlete finished the 100M in just 51.97s. That’s literally insane! The 21-year-old continued what’s becoming a tradition among American swimmers: Team USA has now taken home the gold in the 100M backstroke for 6 straight Olympics. That’s pretty impressive!
Ryan was lucky to come out on top this year, because all of the swimmers in the category were extraordinary. As a matter of fact, halfway through the race, a whopping 5 swimmers had been going at a world-record pace. Right behind Ryan, Chinese swimmer Xu Jiayu got the silver medal at 52.31 seconds, and another American, David Plummer was just behind him, taking home the bronze.
The race was a personal best for Ryan. His USA Swimmer Bio says that his former record was 52.26. Clearly he’s just drawn to water, because he admitted he also loves boating and sailing. He must have been wearing his lucky socks today because he revealed that he “likes to wear festive socks on nights I am racing.” So funny! It definitely worked for him on Aug. 8.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Ryan Murphy breaking the Olympic record and taking home the gold medal for Team USA? Share your thoughts on the 100m men’s backstroke winner with us!